Thermal Power Plant Gets Green Light

DENPASAR ~ Development is slated to start next year on a 400-megawatt thermal power plant near Celukan Bawang port in Beleleng district, an official said.

It is hoped the plant could help prevent power outages that frequently afflict the island, according to state electricity firm PLN.

“The thermal power plant is expected to commence operation in stages in 2008,” PLN spokesman Hendra Saleh said here on Thursday.

He said that the development of the power plant would be carried out in cooperation with investors.

The plant will use coal so that operational costs could be lower than other plants in Bali that use diesel oil, said Saleh.

He said that the construction of the additional power plant was expected to be completed in 2009.

“With an additional 400MW, Bali’s power needs can be met for the next five to 10 years,” he said.

Currently Bali is supplied with 580MW of power: 200MW from Java, 130MW from Gilimanuk power generators, 120MW from the Pesanggaran diesel power plant and 80MW from the Pemaron gas-fired plant.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has instructed PLN to improve its performance nationwide  by increasing its electricity-supply capacity to 10,000MW over the next four years.

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